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Tag: debate

Bonnie Doesn’t Know What’s In It. Or Doesn’t Care?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Eck Coleman Debate

There are plenty of reasons to support Dr. Alieta Eck over Asw. Bonnie Watson Coleman in the race to succeed Rush Holt, Save Jerseyans.

This exchange from Wednesday night’s debate is a good place to start:

“$500 million came out of Medicare because of the Affordable Care Act which you are in favor of, correct?” asked Eck, a medical doctor and co-found of the Zarephath Health Center, looking directly at Coleman.

“The Affordable Care Act?” Watson Coleman responded, apparently running on autopilot. “Of course, I’m in favor of it!”

Um… what?

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Christie in Morristown: Let’s Debate, Cory!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Photo credit: @NJGOP/@JeffBell2014

Photo credit: @NJGOP/@JeffBell2014

The Bridgegate-embattled New Jersey Republican establishment opted out of taking an active role in the 2014 U.S. Senate primary, Save Jerseyans, a move which allowed the politically-savvy Reagan campaign veteran Jeff Bell to manufacture an upset victory on the June ballot.

It’s been all uphill from there

But you’d never know it Monday morning at the Morristown Diner where Governor Christie, in full campaign mode ahead of another two-day out-of-state RGA swing, once again stood side-by-side with Bell and laid into his fair weather friend Cory Booker (D-Twitter) for consenting to only one debate.

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WATCH: Ocean County NJ-03 Debate

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

Republican candidate Tom MacArthur and Democrat Aimee Belgard, and Democratic-Republican Party of New Jersey candidate Fred Lavergne will face off in the next NJ-03 debate of 2014 tonight at Ocean County College in Toms River, Save Jerseyans.

Belgard badly needs a win after a rough 2nd debate and souring polls.

Radio station WOBM 1160 & 1310 AM is hosting the event which begins at 7 p.m. on Friday night. You can also watch below the fold via a YouTube livestream (click here if it’s not working) and tweet questions to @debateOCC:

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Two NJ-07 Debates Announced

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

lance kovachFYI, Save Jerseyans… 

DEBATE #1

Leonard Lance and Janice Kovach sponsored by the Gateway Chamber of Commerce on October 24, 2014 from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM at the Holiday Inn on 36 Valley Road in Clark 

DEBATE #2

A Congressional Candidates Jewish Leadership meeting for Congressional District 7 candidates on October 28, 2014 from 8:30am to 10:30am at the Alex Aidekman Jewish Community Campus located at 901 Route 10 in Whippany.

 

Donovan Says Tedesco Backs Out of TV Debate

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

kathe donovanAfter looking more than a bit flat at an October 3rd candidate forum in Teaneck, freeholder and county executive candidate Jim Tedesco is allegedly bailing on a Channel 9 debate with the incumbent, Republican Kathe Donovan. That’s what her camp is saying on Thursday morning, Save Jersey

Team Donovan is also saying, for what it’s worth, his “handlers” aren’t making a bad political move.

“It’s really not surprising,” said Mark Campbell, campaign manager for Donovan.

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Belgard Stumbles, Fumbles Through NJ-03 Forum

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Tom MacArthur (left) lands another verbal haymaker on Aimee Belgard (right) during Thursday evening’s candidate forum in Moorestown.

Mea culpa: we don’t pretend to be unbiased here at Save Jersey. We’re conservative Republicans who want conservative Republicans to win because we know conservative Republican ideas are best for the country.

We are honest. And even though I strongly disagreed with the late John Adler (NJ-03) and former Rep. Rob Andrews (NJ-01) on most major issues, I never doubted that either South Jersey legislator had the chops for Congress.

Can I say the same of Aimee Belgard? Eh… not after what I witnessed firsthand at last night’s debate.

She was thoroughly unimpressive at Thursday night’s NJ Third District Congressional Candidate Forum at Moorestown’s William Allen Middle School hosted by the League of Women Voters. Seriously.

I didn’t just disagree with her, Save Jerseyans.

I sincerely wondered whether she belonged on the same stage as Tom MacArthur.

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Donovan Debates Tedesco in Teaneck (VIDEO)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan and Democratic Freeholder Jim Tedesco faced off during a 90-minuted debate on Thursday night at the Teaneck Public Library, Save Jerseyans, and it was obvious to everyone present that both candidates have no love lost for the other. No surprises there…

Video, from start to finish:

The rest of Thursday night’s confrontation is below the fold…

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When Garry Met Donald

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

This video doesn’t require commentary, comedy, or further explanation, Save Jerseyans.

Here’s footage from a Haddon Township (Camden County) block party over the weekend. Enjoy, and may God bless America:

NJ-03: Equal Pay in a Moral Vacuum

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Photo credit: MacArthur for Congress

I’ve devoted a lot of digital ink to explaining why equal pay “mythology” has no place in the mainstream political discourse. Bad statistics, manipulated statistics, and culture mores exert a larger impact on gender pay inequities – to the extent they even still exist – than any species of discrimination.

But Democrats need to campaign on something, right? They sure as hell can’t run on their President’s record. So intellectual lightweights like Amiee Belgard resurrect bad arguments and try to beat their opponents over the head with them.

Here’s one exchange from Friday’s NJ-03 debate that’s particularly telling:

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Booker’s Aversion to Debating is No Mystery

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Cory Booker and Rand PaulI don’t respect what he’s doing but I understand why, Save Jerseyans. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) is sitting pretty this morning with $3.5 million in the bank to this challenger’s $130,000+. He up by double-digits in the RCP average. Why risk a proverbial wayward political punch?

But even Chris Christie, who had much larger lead than Booker at this point in 2013, bothered to debate Buono twice.

Cory? He’ll debate Jeff Bell once on October 25th.

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Four Debates Set in NJ-02

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Frank LobiondoThe leading political prognosticators aren’t predicting much trouble for House incumbents this cycle, Save Jerseyans, and NJ-02’s Frank LoBiondo is no exception.

That doesn’t mean we won’t have a real campaign including, as it was announced on Tuesday, four individual “forums” featuring the candidates:

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MacArthur Launches FreeholderBelgard.com

With Three Months Left, Republican Campaign Goes After Debate-Ducking Belgard with Big Online Ad Blitz

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

A screenshot from freeholderbelgard.com

A screenshot from freeholderbelgard.com

At the end of June, Save Jerseyans, we talked about how strange it was that Democrat CD3 hopeful Aimee Belgard continued to duck debate challenges from her Republican opponent, Tom MacArthur, in her quest to succeed Jon Runyan and become only the second Democrat since Reconstruction to hold the seat.

Yes, well-heeled incumbents or candidates who are waaay ahead in polling have few incentives to risk giving their opponent an opportunity to get back into the game with a well-landed punch. Belgard doesn’t fit into either category. She needs that big “punch” to make a go of this thing — and quickly — before October arrives and national Democrats who’ve flirted with her candidacy get bored and turn their attention and resources to defenses.

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Opinion: A Truly Wide-Open #NJSen Debate

By Charlie Barr | The Save Jersey Blog

Debate StageOn November 4, 2014, New Jersey will choose between seven candidates for United States Senate.

Seven?

Yes. Seven, Save Jerseyans.

Cory Booker and Jeff Bell are the two political heavy-lifters when it comes to money and party loyalists. But the other five candidates? Not so much. I don’t believe that necessarily warrants their exclusion from a political process that should, of all things, be inclusive.

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Belgard’s Click and Paste Campaign

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

belgard click and pasteIf you thought that I was being too hard on Aimee Belgard and her dumbed-down CD3 campaign, Save Jerseyans… think again.

Not only is the first term Burlington County freeholder running on nothing but name-calling at present, ducking debate challenges and refusing to engage on substance but, as the national conservative outpost Hot Air just discovered, Belgard is proving to be anything but original.

Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw discovered that Belgard was one of (at least) three House Democrats who’ve recently blasted out the same paraphrased DNC talking points, pledging to reject “Congressional perks.” And when I say paraphrased, I mean virtually identical.

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